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11th May '17 8:35:19 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Homeworld initially seemed totally disinterested in humans, only [[AlienInvasion invading Earth]] [[PlanetLooters to take its resources]]. Later, we see they also abducted numerous humans [[spoiler:to create the starting population of a HumanZoo, because one of their leaders found humans interesting]]. More recently, [[spoiler:they decide to expand their Zoo. Because of a [[HumansThroughAlienEyes misunderstanding from when Steven talked to a Homeworld gem]], they start with his friends.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Homeworld initially seemed totally disinterested in humans, only [[AlienInvasion invading Earth]] [[PlanetLooters to take its resources]]. Later, we see they also abducted numerous humans [[spoiler:to create the starting population of a HumanZoo, PeopleZoo, because one of their leaders found humans interesting]]. More recently, [[spoiler:they decide to expand their Zoo. Because of a [[HumansThroughAlienEyes misunderstanding from when Steven talked to a Homeworld gem]], they start with his friends.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Homeworld initially seemed totally disinterested in humans, only [[AlienInvasion invading Earth]] [[PlanetLooters to take its resources]]. Later, we see they also abducted numerous humans [[spoiler:to create the starting population of a HumanZoo, because one of their leaders found humans interesting]]. More recently, [[spoiler:they decide to expand their Zoo. Because of a [[HumansThroughAlienEyes misunderstanding from when Steven talked to a Homeworld gem]], they start with his friends.]]
1st May '17 4:43:14 AM StFan
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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Crimson Rubeus, Prince Demande and Wiseman of the Black Moon Clan, aliens from the planet Nemesis, succeed in abducting multiple protagonists with some variation by medium.

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Crimson Rubeus, Prince Demande and Wiseman of the Black Moon Clan, aliens from the planet Nemesis, succeed in abducting multiple protagonists with some variation by medium.



* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''{{Anime/Interstella5555}}'', where a group of alien musicians are abducted by humans.
* Occurs on a global scale in the end of "[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Paint it White]]", where the invading Pict proceed to [[spoiler: have billions of converted humans]] enter their mothership and then fly back home to their home planet. Switzerland, Liechtenstein and [[spoiler:Iceland]] seem to be the only ones to escape unscathed.

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* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''{{Anime/Interstella5555}}'', where a group of alien musicians are abducted by humans.
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Occurs on a global scale in the end of "[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Paint it White]]", "Paint It White", where the invading Pict proceed to [[spoiler: have billions of converted humans]] enter their mothership and then fly back home to their home planet. Switzerland, Liechtenstein and [[spoiler:Iceland]] seem to be the only ones to escape unscathed.



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* Inverted in Music/DaftPunk's long-form anime music video, ''{{Anime/Interstella 5555}}'': The main characters are aliens who are kidnapped by an [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Earthling entertainment mogul to make pop music as part of convoluted plot for intergalactic domination]], which means that, despite the inversion, it technically still is an alien abduction.

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* Inverted in Music/DaftPunk's long-form anime music video, ''{{Anime/Interstella 5555}}'': ''Anime/Interstella5555'': The main characters are aliens who are kidnapped by an [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Earthling entertainment mogul to make pop music as part of convoluted plot for intergalactic domination]], which means that, despite the inversion, it technically still is an alien abduction.



* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.

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* ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty''

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Russell Casse apparently ''was'' abducted by aliens, only [[CassandraTruth nobody believed him]] and mocked him mercilessly about it (some even implying that his "alien abduction" was really some people who abducted him and abused him sexually) until they showed up. Of course, it's never ''entirely'' made clear if it was true, or if the aliens in the movie were even the ones who did it.
** If you accept the comics as canon, then [[spoiler:it is, and they were.]]

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Russell Casse apparently ''was'' abducted by aliens, only [[CassandraTruth nobody believed him]] and mocked him mercilessly about it (some even implying that his "alien abduction" was really some people who abducted him and abused him sexually) until they showed up. Of course, it's never ''entirely'' made clear if it was true, or if the aliens in the movie were even the ones who did it.
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it. If you accept the comics as canon, then [[spoiler:it is, and they were.]]



* The disappearance of Oberon Navarro in Adam R. Brown's ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' fits this trope. Strange people, Oberon later learns are aliens, took him from his home and returned him completely changed and without any memory of his life.

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* The disappearance of Oberon Navarro in Adam R. Brown's ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' ''Literature/{{Alterien}}'' fits this trope. Strange people, Oberon later learns are aliens, took him from his home and returned him completely changed and without any memory of his life.



* K.A. Applegate's ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' features the Skrit Na, a species that seems to be the basis of "TheGreys." As an Andalite protagonist explains in their first appearance, the Skrit Na basically go around in their weird, saucer-shaped ships, abduct people from other planets and either do weird experiments on them or put them in zoos on their home planets. Interestingly, ''nobody knows why,'' making the Skrit Na the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s of the galaxy. In this particular instance, the plot kicks off when the Andalites board the Skrit Na ship and rescue the two human teenagers whom they abducted, then try to bring them back to Earth.

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* K.A. Applegate's ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' features the Skrit Na, a species that seems to be the basis of "TheGreys." "TheGreys". As an Andalite protagonist explains in their first appearance, the Skrit Na basically go around in their weird, saucer-shaped ships, abduct people from other planets and either do weird experiments on them or put them in zoos on their home planets. Interestingly, ''nobody knows why,'' making the Skrit Na the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s of the galaxy. In this particular instance, the plot kicks off when the Andalites board the Skrit Na ship and rescue the two human teenagers whom they abducted, then try to bring them back to Earth.



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** The first two human companions, Barbara and Ian, stumbled aboard the TARDIS because they were worried and curious about a genius student of theirs named Susan, whose grandfather was an eccentric and unnamed doctor. When they saw that the TARDIS was bigger on the inside and saw proof that Susan and the Doctor were sufficiently advanced aliens, the Doctor felt they had seen too much and decided to abduct them. No one else liked this idea.

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** The first two human companions, Barbara and Ian, stumbled aboard the TARDIS because they were worried and curious about a genius student of theirs named Susan, whose grandfather was an eccentric and unnamed doctor. When they saw that the TARDIS was bigger on the inside and saw proof that Susan and the Doctor were sufficiently advanced aliens, the Doctor felt they had seen too much and decided to abduct them. No one No-one else liked this idea.



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* Played with and averted in ''{{Series/House}}''. A child patient is being treated due to having beliefs that he was abducted by aliens. Turns out that it was false, but not because the kid was making stuff up: [[spoiler: He actually did believe it due to the "abduction memories" being a side-effect of his birth. He was originally supposed to have a twin brother who he absorbed in the womb. We end up seeing two [[TheGreys Grey]]-like aliens appearing next to House, but this is just a figment of the boy's imagination, deliberately prompted by House in order to replicate the symptoms]].
* Played with in ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E09ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Clap Your Hands If You Believe]]. A series of mysterious disappearances in a small town lead Sam and Dean to investigate. A group of UFO nuts are convinced that the abductions are alien in nature. Their theory seems to be confirmed when Dean is abducted (he escapes when he pulls a gun and just starts shooting everything, which, as he notes, he doesn't think anyone else had done), [[spoiler:only for the perpetrators to be ''fairies'', not aliens.]]

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* Played with and averted in ''{{Series/House}}''.''Series/{{House}}''. A child patient is being treated due to having beliefs that he was abducted by aliens. Turns out that it was false, but not because the kid was making stuff up: [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He actually did believe it due to the "abduction memories" being a side-effect of his birth. He was originally supposed to have a twin brother who he absorbed in the womb. We end up seeing two [[TheGreys Grey]]-like aliens appearing next to House, but this is just a figment of the boy's imagination, deliberately prompted by House in order to replicate the symptoms]].
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Played with in ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' in episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E09ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E09ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Clap Your Hands If You Believe]].Believe]]". A series of mysterious disappearances in a small town lead Sam and Dean to investigate. A group of UFO nuts are convinced that the abductions are alien in nature. Their theory seems to be confirmed when Dean is abducted (he escapes when he pulls a gun and just starts shooting everything, which, as he notes, he doesn't think anyone else had done), [[spoiler:only for the perpetrators to be ''fairies'', not aliens.]]



* Played with in {{Series/Heroes}}. West Rosen [[spoiler: was once abducted by the company for bagging and tagging purposes. When talking to Claire about the circumstances around the marks on his neck, he attributes it to aliens.]]

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* Played with in {{Series/Heroes}}.''Series/{{Heroes}}''. West Rosen [[spoiler: was once abducted by the company for bagging and tagging purposes. When talking to Claire about the circumstances around the marks on his neck, he attributes it to aliens.]]




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* Persephone's abduction myth.
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* ''VideoGame/Prey2006''

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** And the theme returns in the X-COM series' Main/SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}''.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 3}}'' add-on ''Mothership Zeta'' has the player and various wastelanders being abducted and studied aboard an alien ship. The evidence on the ship indicates that they have been doing this for centuries. In fact, one of the abductees is a Japanese samurai in full armor who proceeds to slice up his abductors with his {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}. Naturally, you can't understand each other. Another is a Wild West cowboy, whose Colt comes in handy.
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** And the theme returns in the X-COM series' Main/SpiritualSuccessor, SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}''.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' add-on ''Mothership Zeta'' has the player and various wastelanders being abducted and studied aboard an alien ship. The evidence on the ship indicates that they have been doing this for centuries. In fact, one of the abductees is a Japanese samurai in full armor who proceeds to slice up his abductors with his {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}. Naturally, you can't understand each other. Another is a Wild West cowboy, whose Colt comes in handy.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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-->"Stop! We have reached the limits of what [[AnalProbing rectal probing]] can teach us!"

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-->"Stop! --->''Alien:''' Stop! We have reached the limits of what [[AnalProbing rectal probing]] can teach us!"us!



* Chuck Jones put out two alien-abduction themed ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' -- ''Hasty Hare'' has Bugs captured by Marvin Martian, and ''Jumpin' Jupiter'' has a mutant-turkey alien abduct a vacationing Porky Pig in a visually awesome scene where the flying saucer burrows beneath his campsite, and carries off a whole section of ground with tent, campfire, car and all.

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* Chuck Jones put out two alien-abduction themed ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' -- ''Hasty Hare'' "Hasty Hare" has Bugs captured by Marvin the Martian, and ''Jumpin' Jupiter'' "Jumpin' Jupiter" has a mutant-turkey alien abduct a vacationing Porky Pig in a visually awesome scene where the flying saucer burrows beneath his campsite, and carries off a whole section of ground with tent, campfire, car and all.



-->'''Linda''': Alien abductions: Until now, a harmless nuisance. But recently they've taken on a sinister dimension as unsuspecting victims are returned ... without noses.
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-->'''Linda''': -->'''Linda:''' Alien abductions: Until now, a harmless nuisance. But recently they've taken on a sinister dimension as unsuspecting victims are returned ...returned... without noses.
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* Happens to WesternAnimation/DangerMouse and Penfold in "Close Encounters Of The Absurd Kind." But DM thinks the alien captain is Baron Greenback in disguise.

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* Happens to WesternAnimation/DangerMouse and Penfold in "Close Encounters Of The of the Absurd Kind." Kind". But DM thinks the alien captain is Baron Greenback in disguise.



* A widely accepted theory for why people have such vivid memories of alien abductions is because of a phenomenon that's basically "dreaming while awake". When you dream, not only do you have very strange and surreal images, but your body actually shuts down most muscles so you can't move and accidentally hurt yourself. Sometimes you can "wake up"- i.e. your eyes open and you're aware of the room you're in. So imagine; you wake up. You can't move your body. You're dreaming of strange lights. It fits all the tropes of alien abduction, further influencing your dream, and you become convinced it actually happened. This is why it's called "sleep paralysis." It can also lead to dreams of ghosts and other paranormal/supernatural beings. A common account was once of a "crushing hag" sitting on the person's chest, crushing them-hence the term "hag-ridden" for one plagued by nightmares. Demons that sucked people's breath away, or abused them sexually (familiar to UFO abduction) were prevalent in Medieval Europe.
** With multiple people, misidentification of natural phenomenon, hallucinations, and outright fraud are often proven behind many alien abduction stories.

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* A widely accepted theory for why people have such vivid memories of alien abductions is because of a phenomenon that's basically "dreaming while awake". When you dream, not only do you have very strange and surreal images, but your body actually shuts down most muscles so you can't move and accidentally hurt yourself. Sometimes you can "wake up"- up" -- i.e. your eyes open and you're aware of the room you're in. So imagine; you wake up. You can't move your body. You're dreaming of strange lights. It fits all the tropes of alien abduction, further influencing your dream, and you become convinced it actually happened. This is why it's called "sleep paralysis." paralysis". It can also lead to dreams of ghosts and other paranormal/supernatural beings. A common account was once of a "crushing hag" sitting on the person's chest, crushing them-hence the term "hag-ridden" for one plagued by nightmares. Demons that sucked people's breath away, or abused them sexually (familiar to UFO abduction) were prevalent in Medieval Europe. \n** With multiple people, misidentification of natural phenomenon, hallucinations, and outright fraud are often proven behind many alien abduction stories.



28th Apr '17 6:00:24 AM Cryoclaste
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* The {{Backstory}} of ''{{VideoGame/X-COM}}: UFO Defense'' includes humanity being terrorised by mass abductions, and the aliens continue mounting missions to abduct humans through the game... while [[WhoYouGonnaCall it's up to you to stop them]].

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* The {{Backstory}} of ''{{VideoGame/X-COM}}: UFO Defense'' ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'' includes humanity being terrorised by mass abductions, and the aliens continue mounting missions to abduct humans through the game... while [[WhoYouGonnaCall it's up to you to stop them]].
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[https://garfield.com/comic/2017/04/12 Garfield is worried about his girlfriend Arlene]] because she believed his alien abduction excuse.
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* Pedro from ''ComicStrip/TheWackyAdventuresOfPedro'' frequently gets captured by aliens.
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** FromACertainPointOfView, Pratchett has indeed used this trope on the Discworld, only he's remembered that the original abduction stories were [[TheFairFolk Elvish Abduction]] stories.
* Similarly, the monster of Kim Newman's ''DiogenesClub'' story "Angel Down, Sussex", is obviously a by-the-book abductor alien. However, it's also an EmpathicShapeshifter, and the story's set in Edwardian times before such urban legends became widespread. Consequently, different people encounter it as a succubus, one of the FairFolk, or whatever else the earlier equivalent would have been.
18th Feb '17 1:30:57 AM Veanne
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* Part of the premise in ''Webcomic/TryingHuman'' is that TheGreys are conducting an extensive research program, abducting humans on a precise schedule. The other part of the premise is InterspeciesRomance, and lots of it.
27th Jan '17 6:23:50 PM ILikeRobots
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* ''Videogame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' uses this twice. Nearly every adult resident of Youngtown was abducted by aliens at some point before the protagonists arrive there, leaving it to become a NeverLand populated almost entirely by children. And in the game's [[spoiler:BackStory, the protagonist's great-grandmother and great-grandfather, Maria and George, were abducted and held for an unspecified amount of time by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien race. Maria became the [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate mother]] of the then-infant BigBad Giegue and raised him to adulthood, while George studied and presumably gained the ability to use [[PsychicPowers PSI]], well against the alien race in question's wishes. George eventually made it back to Earth, but Maria wasn't so lucky.]]
4th Jan '17 5:53:16 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014''[=/=]''Series/{{Arrow}}''[=/=]''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''[=/=]/''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' CrossoverEpisode, the Dominators abduct Oliver, Sara, Ray, Thea, and John with teleporters and put them into a LotusEaterMachine, where they live completely different lives. The ''Queen's Gambit'' never sank, Oliver is about to marry Laurel (still alive), Sara and Thea never became assassins, Ray is still a CEO and is set to marry Felicity, and John is the Hood. However, they quickly start to see that something is wrong and eventually remember the truth and break out. They manage to steal an alien fighter and flee TheMothership. A swarm of fighters gives chase, but the ''Waverider'' appears for a GunshipRescue.
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